Thursday, September 18, 2014

Trashy Reykjavík

I wanted to talk about something I have noticed here in Reykjavík, I might be bit biased because Geneva was kept clean, the streets were cleaned twice a day and there were trash cans everywhere! I feel like the attitude towards trash in Reykjavík is a bit different like the nature should just take care of all the trash that is thrown at it. First of all I haven't seen or heard a street cleaner since I came here, and second of all where are all the trash cans?

I arrived to Reykjavík about a week after the Gay Pride Parade, and there were still gigantic pieces of confetti everywhere. And even now I still see some confetti flying around. It wouldn't be so noticeable but that confetti is made out of plastic and isn't going to disappear anytime soon. 

Only if the trash problem in Reykjavík ended there, which is doesn't. Reykjavík is extremely trashy and I am shocked that people aren't more ashamed of it! Because this is something tourist will notice and it doesn't really show a great picture of Iceland.

I walk around quite a lot, since it is something I am used to and something I like doing and during couple of those walks I have picked up a piece of trash planning on throwing it into the next trashcan only to end up holding on to it until I reach my destination.

And on one of those walks I actually decided to take couple of pictures of the trash that was lying around, I started just taking couple put at the moment I have tons of them on my phone! There is just so much trash everywhere!

So I ask myself, is this what Icelandic people want the tourists to remember? And why aren't there any trash cans?


Monday, September 15, 2014

26 Things Before my 26th Birthday: 9. Have 50 YouTube videos

At last I managed to finish one of the items of my 26 things before my 26th birthday list. It came as well during a good time when I had started doubting myself! But at last, some success. So if you want to check out my YouTube channel here is the link. At the same time I reached this goal I as well reached 10 000 views in total on my YouTube channel which made me super happy!

And my 50th video was this little gem:

Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekly VLOG #6 (23/08-29/08): Culture night, the ocean and the lack of trash bins!

I am getting behind on these vlogs! However, let me tell you about the week that I had (23/08-29/08).

It started by my friends calling me and asking if I wanted to join them in watching the fireworks that were about to happen during Reykjavíks Culture Night (Menningarnótt). I jumped on the offer since I had been moping all week since I was alone (I talked about that in my last vlog). I was as well facing couple of my anxieties, crowds and going somewhere alone and hoping to find my friends.

Luckily I found them quickly and had a nice night! The next day (Sunday) I went to the beach, Icelandic style, which is in winter clothes! The beach was gorgeous and very refreshing. I found so much of sea glass!

As it was the last week before my classes would start I had to do some paper work and as I was walking around getting things done I noticed how dirty and trashy Reykjavík actually is (and I will have a full post on that later) and I noticed as well one of the reason why it is so trashy! There are NO trash bins anywhere! 

I as well did some necessary food shopping and realized even more how odd it is just to buy food for one and how much impact my betrothed had on dinner ideas. Even though I felt at times that I was doing it all by myself I can see now that that was all a lie!

And the at last the video! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Monthly Goals: August Review and September Goals

August has (long) passed and September is on us! I am always quite excited about September. For me (and many others) 1st of September feels like a new start and a great opportunity to review things.

I did quite well on my August goals which I am ecstatic about and I am hoping September will be great as well!

August Goals:
1. Move!

This happened! I have moved to Iceland!
2. Go swimming
This did not happen and still hasn't happened, which is strange because I LOVE going to the pools here in Iceland but somehow I just haven't been yet.
3. Start filming MYiI (I wonder what that could be :D )

This I did and I have already uploaded two! The first one was about what MYiI is and the second one was about Kerið. You can see those here.
4. Get ready to start my second year of University

Check! I just finished my second week and am doing great!
5. Settle in my dorm

Check as well! My lovely boyfriend helped me get all settled before he headed off to his adventure!
6. Film Apartment tour (Geneva apartment)

This did not happen! I was way to busy with everything that I just couldn't even breath.
7. Write some book reviews (I have so many half written)

Check, if I can count some as one. To be fair to myself, I have couple that are almost finished they just need the finishing touches. 
8. Enjoy having nothing to do

Yes! Something I enjoyed and then got extremely bored! I am a workaholic like my dad, I need to be doing things!
9. Try some new Icelandic skincare products

I did try couple of things and I am looking forward to trying more of Icelandic skincare products!
10. Move my Gold Star Chart into my planner.
No! I totally forgot my chart on the wall in the old apartment! Good job me!

September Goals:
1. Go to the gym 4 times.
2. Organize my closet.
3. Organize my desk.
4. Get a job.
5. Start knitting again.
6. Buy myself winter shoes.
7. Start a regular blogging schedule again.
8. Start on my photo challenge.
9. Set up an area where I can easily take pictures of products that I want to review.
10. Start reviewing products again.

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